Tablet Splitting Program Expanding to Include MORE Medications!

Dear Member,

Effective September 1, 2007, FirstCarolinaCare Insurance Company, Inc. (FirstCarolinaCare) will expand its “Split the Pill, Split Your Bill” program to include more medications. By participating in this voluntary tablet splitting program, you can save 50% on your current prescription drug copayment.

How does the Tablet Splitting Program Work?

The program is limited to 8 medications: Lexapro, Benicar, Benicar HCT, Lamictal, Crestor, Lipitor, pravastatin (generic Pravachol) and simvastatin (generic Zocor). Our program takes advantage of the fact that the higher strengths of these medications cost no more than the lower strengths. If you want to participate in the savings, ask your provider to write a new prescription for the same medication you have been taking but at twice the usual dose. For example, if you normally take Lexapro 10mg once daily, your provider will write a new prescription for 15 Lexapro 20mg tablets with directions to take ½ tablet daily. This will give you your usual dose of 10mg a day for 30 days.

Is Tablet-Splitting Safe?

The medications selected for the program are safe and easy to split with a tablet splitter, but consult your provider or local pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns. FirstCarolinaCare will provide two (2) tablet splitters per year at no cost for members participating in the program. Just ask your provider to write a prescription for a tablet splitter and your pharmacist will submit a claim for one of the covered tablet splitters.

How does the Tablet-Splitting Program Benefit Me?

By splitting your medication in half, you will also split your copayment in half. For example, if your usual copayment for Lexapro is $50 per month, you will save 50% on your copayment and pay $25 by participating in the tablet splitting program. Please remember this only applies to a one (1) month supply of a medication eligible for the tablet splitting program.

If you are interested in saving on your medication(s), please discuss the tablet splitting program with your provider or pharmacist to make sure it is right for you. If you have any questions, please contact FirstCarolinaCare at (800) 574-8556.

Please refer to Frequently Asked Questions and Tablet Splitting Instructions for further assistance.

Sincerely,


Kenneth J. Lewis, President

“Split the Pill, Split Your Bill” Tablet Splitting Program

 If you take one of the medications below, you may be eligible to save 50% on your prescription drug copayments.

Do you currently take one of the medications listed below?

By getting a new prescription for a higher strength tablet with a quantity of 15 tablets and directions to take ½ tablet daily:

You can save 50% on your usual copayment per month…

With a potential savings per year…

Lexapro 5mg

Lexapro 10mg

$20-25

$240-$300

Lexapro 10mg

Lexapro 20mg

$20-$25

$240-$300

Benicar 10mg

Benicar 20mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Benicar 20mg

Benicar 40mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Benicar HCT
10-6.25mg

Benicar HCT
20-12.5mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Benicar HCT
20-6.25mg

Benicar HCT
40-12.5mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Benicar HCT
20-12.5mg

Benicar HCT

40-25mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Lamictal 12.5mg

Lamictal 25mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Lamictal 50mg

Lamictal 100mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Lamictal 75mg

Lamictal 150mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Lamictal 100mg

Lamictal 200mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Crestor 5mg

Crestor 10mg

$20-25

$240-$300

Crestor 10mg

Crestor 20mg

$20-25

$240-$300

Crestor 20mg

Crestor 40mg

$20-25

$240-$300

Lipitor 10mg

Lipitor 20mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Lipitor 20mg

Lipitor 40mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

Lipitor 40mg

Lipitor 80mg

$12.50-$17.50

$150-$210

simvastatin 5mg
(generic Zocor)

simvastatin 10mg

$5

$60

simvastatin 10mg
(generic Zocor)

simvastatin 20mg

$5

$60

simvastatin 20mg
(generic Zocor)

simvastatin 40mg

$5

$60

simvastatin 40mg
(generic Zocor)

simvastatin 80mg

$5

$60

pravastatin 10mg
(generic Pravachol)

pravastatin 20mg

$5

$60

pravastatin 20mg
(generic Pravachol)

pravastatin 40mg

$5

$60

pravastatin 40mg
(generic Pravachol)

pravastatin 80mg

$5

$60